This post is not what it appears on the surface...Please keep reading...
By now most of my friends and family know that we did not send out our annual Christmas letter...and only a very few cards to some who don't have email or do Facebook. And many of you also know that I had a hard time getting myself into the proper spirit for Christmas shopping, etc. (click on the blue words for a link to these posts).
But if you have been following along the past week or so, you also will know that God came through, and He met me in my deepest place of sorrow, and gave me the strength and courage to choose JOY!
I am happy to report that after two long, grueling days of shopping and gift wrapping...I am feeling much better prepared to face this week and truly enjoy Christmas! Thank you all for your prayers and words of support and comfort. You have blessed me with your love and wisdom, and I thank God for you.
Today has been a wonderful day of Sabbath Rest. We had our
I did not quite understand then what He meant by that...but when the day came that I saw this One hanging on a cross, crucified and dying, I understood. You see, He did give all that He had for me...He gave His life, so that I might live. And before He died He told me all that I would need to know so that I could one day join Him. He said,
Why did Jesus come to earth in the first place?
This Christmas song tells it clearly: (click below for the song)
My friend, I am that precious pearl...and so are YOU. This same Jesus left the "azure halls of heaven...to a lowly manger stall...Jesus came, and here He gave His life for ALL!" ...and that includes YOU! YOU ARE ALSO THAT PRECIOUS PEARL! JESUS CHRIST HAS PAID YOUR RANSOM WITH HIS LIFE. Won't you accept this greatest gift of all this Christmas? The gift of your redemption from sin and sorrow...from the slavery of this old world...freely given for you, so that you might live! Yes, that IS THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!
|Merry Christmas from our house to yours!|
|Update: These pictures are from our front porch this year, 2015|
|Merry Christmas from our house to yours, 2015|
|This is the Greatest Gift of All!|